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The Best Scotch Brands  

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Scotch is a very distinct tasting liquor. All scotch must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels, giving it a distinctive flavor based on the number of years it aged. Some consider scotch to be one of the truest forms of alcohol. Scotch is an alcoholic beverage that is made from malt barley with the introduction of wheat and rye in the late 18th century. The mash can be different combinations of barley, rye, wheat or corn. Whatever is used gives the scotch a different flavor. It is then placed in a wooden cask in Scotland (it has to be Scotland to be scotch) and left to age and ferment. However long it is left in the cask is also going to change the taste of the scotch.

Since all of these factors come into play, each scotch producer comes up with a scotch that taste slightly different from another's. This leaves the drinker with many varying options to consider when trying to choose which scotch is the right one for them. Should they go with the pot stilled single malt scotch like Glenmorangie, Highland Park or Tambowie? How about a aged, blended scotch like Chivas Regal, White Horse, Famous Grouse or Talisker?

This list is to help determine which scotch is the best tasting out there through votes from the Ranker users. Vote up your favorite and vote down the ones that just aren't good enough. And if it’s scotch’s tasty cousin whiskey you crave, check out the list of the best whiskey brands.
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The Macallan distillery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Balvenie distillery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Lagavulin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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The Glenlivet distillery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Glenmorangie distillery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Glenfiddich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Laphroaig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Talisker distillery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Glenmorangie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Highland Park is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Laphroaig distillery is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Ardberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Johnnie Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Aberlour distillery is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Talisker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Dalmore distillery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Ardbeg is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Caol Ila distillery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Chivas Regal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Bunnahabhain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Glenfarclas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Dewars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Springbank is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Cragganmore distillery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scotch Brands
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Glen Moray distillery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scotch Brands